Noel Picard, an original member of the St. Louis Blues and later a broadcaster for the team, died on Sept. 6 at the age of 78. (File)

There were several notable deaths in the St. Louis sports community in 2017. Here is a look back at the people we lost this year: (listed in alphabetical order)

Don Baylor
– During a long and distinguished baseball career as a player and manager, Baylor spent one year, 1992, working as the hitting coach of the Cardinals. Baylor, 68, died on Aug. 7.

Jim Brady – The longtime baseball coach at Missouri-St. Louis, Brady died on Nov. 23 from cancer at the age of 67. Brady coached the UMSL team for 33 years, winning 835 games and twice led his team to appearances in the Division II College World Series.

David Chapman – One of the best handball players in the world, Chapman died on Oct. 10 at the age of 42. The cause of his death was not disclosed. Chapman was ranked as the number one handball player in the United States from 1993 to 2004 and won 12 national singles championships and four world titles during his career.

Ned Garver – A right-handed pitcher, Garver spent the first five years of his 14-year career with the St. Louis Browns from 1948 to 1952. His best season came in 1951, when he was a 20-game winner. Garver died on Feb. 26 at the age of 91.

Solly Hemus – The manager of the Cardinals from 1959 to 1961, Hemus also was an infielder for the Cardinals from 1949 to 1956, when he was traded to the Phillies. He returned to the Cardinals two years later. Hemus, 94, died on Oct. 2.

Bob Kehoe – A soccer legend, Kehoe was the only person to serve as the team captain and later the coach of the U.S. men’s national team. He also coached the St. Louis Stars of the North American Soccer League and had a long and distinguished coaching career at the high school level. Kehoe, who also played six years of minor-league baseball, died on Sept. 4. He was 89.

Noel Picard – An original member of the St. Louis Blues in 1967, Picard was one of the most colorful players in team history and also worked as a broadcaster for the team. Picard was a defenseman on the Blues for six seasons before finishing his playing career in Atlanta. Picard died on Sept. 6 at the age of 78.

Roy Sievers – A first baseman and outfielder, Sievers played for 17 years in the major leagues, the first five (1949 to 1953) with the St. Louis Browns. A St. Louis native and graduate of Beaumont High School, Sievers won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1949 and later led the AL in homers and RBIs with the Washington Senators in 1957. Sievers earned five All-Star selections in his career. Sievers, 90, died on April 3.

Tracy Stallard – Stallard finished his major-league career with the Cardinals in 1965 and 1966 after pitching for the Red Sox and Mets. He died on Dec. 6 at the age of 80.

Bill Wilkerson - A longtime football announcer, Wilkerson called the Cardinals games on KMOX Radio from 1973 until the team moved to Arizona after the 1987 season. He also was the play-by-play announcer for the Missouri Tigers from 1976 through 1993. Wilkerson also spent many years as the co-host of the morning drive-time program on both KMOX and KTRS radio. He died on Nov. 2 at the age of 72.